After rocket start, Marco Andretti out early with engine failure

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Marco Andretti jumped eight positions on the opening lap of tonight’s Firestone 600 for the Verizon IndyCar Series at Texas Motor Speedway, but on Lap 4, he suffered an engine failure on his No. 25 Andretti Autosport Honda.

As Andretti slowed down the backstretch and headed for the pits, the engine started to catch fire and forced him to come to a stop near the entrance to pit road.

Andretti quickly climbed out of the car and without taking a look back, he walked away and left the Holmatro safety crew to take care of the flames.

“[The start] doesn’t matter,” the third-generation driver told NBCSN’s Jan Beekhuis. “I’m just absolutely gutted for the whole Snapple crew. I wanted nothing more than to deliver a win on their home turf. This one’s frustrating and this one really hurts for the championship, too.”

The race returned to green-flag conditions at Lap 12. You can watch it LIVE on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra on your online or mobile device.

Kyle Kaiser to step up to IndyCar with Juncos Racing

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Kyle Kaiser will make his step up for his initial four-race program into the Verizon IndyCar Series with the team that’s brought him all his success in the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires: Juncos Racing.

The 21-year-old American will race at next year’s Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Grand Prix along with two other races in the 2018 season, as his reward for winning this year’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship and the $1 million Mazda Motorsports Advancement Scholarship that comes with it.

At the moment the plan is just for a partial season as both driver and team are new to IndyCar. Kaiser hasn’t yet tested an IndyCar and Ricardo Juncos’ team made its debut in the 2017 Indianapolis 500.

More to follow.